‘Germany need Ozil’ – Wenger hoping star makes Germany U-turn


Arsene Wenger has weighed in on the Ozil-Germany debacle and believes it will be in both parties’ interest if the playmaker made a return to the national team.

The former Arsenal boss who managed the German midfielder before leaving his role as Arsenal manager last summer is of the opinion that a return to the national team for Ozil will be a benefit for both sides.

Ozil announced his retirement from the national team following a disastrous outing at the 2018 world cup where the defending champions failed to get beyond the group stage.

The Gunners star was questioned about his commitment to the four-time world champions after being pictured posing with Turkey president Recep Erdogan making him a scapegoat for the side’s poor showing at the world cup.

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In a statement released via his twitter account revealing his decision, the player of Turkish descent accused the DFB of racism and unfair treatment stating that “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”.

Germany finished the world cup with three points after a stoppage-time winner ensured a comeback victory over Sweden but needing just a win from their last group game against South Korea to increase chances of advancing from Group F, the Germans flopped losing the game 2-0.

While Joachim Low has surprisingly avoided getting sacked after the world cup, the German tactician has failed to stem the tide  condemning Die Mannschaft to their worst run in years.

The Germans have lost in their last two encounters, to the Netherlands and world cup holders, France in the UEFA Nations League this month losing a record total of six games already this year with the November international break still to come.

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While the 2014 world cup winners have struggled to find the net despite creating lots of goal-scoring chances especially in their last two games, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the national team misses Ozil.

Speaking to Sport Bild, the French tactician suggested that the playmaker be coaxed into making a return to the national team.

“I think Germany needs Ozil and I hope Low can convince him to come back,

“Ozil is a super football player and was not the worst at the World Cup.

“I did not love it that he withdrew from the Germany team [because] the Germans respect what he achieved.” he said.

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Wenger added that from a footballing perspective the player loses a bit from his absence in international games.

“A small bit of motivation disappears when you know that you don’t have to be ready for a World Cup, a European Championship.

“I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level.”

Germany return to action in November against Russia in an international friendly before hosting the Netherlands four days later in the Nations League with the risk of slipping out of league A if they continue to slip-up.

With Low’s position as boss coming under increased scrutiny, the Germans better return to winning ways and in due time.